We have raised beds for veg growing, we do composting and leaf mulching and have dedicated meadow area for wildlife. The majority of the garden has been constructed from waste materials from nearby construction sites.
Our annual Summer Fayre is hosted in this space.
The park is located next to a number of large social housing estates. Clapham Park Estate, just over the road, is being redeveloped and large numbers of people will be moving into the area. There are three primary schools in the immediate area, plus a new secondary school soon to be developed. We already have some very committed volunteers giving their time to gardening in the park and they have told us they would like some support to run weekly gardening sessions which can help people grow some of their own food. We also want to help children better understand where their food comes from.
The Grosvenor Estate in SE5 (Grosvenor Terrace, Grosvenor Park and Urlwin Street) have stunning London Planes growing on all three streets. We are looking at building wooden surrounds for each tree base using recycled wood. We'll build each of these up with soil and mulch to maintain moisture (tree bases can be very dry). Once completed, well add Spring/summer bulbs, perennials and Spring/summer bedding to add interest throughout the year. Each tree base will be adopted by a resident near the tree to maintain, plant and water. We'll also have a yearly competition for the most loved tree base.
We will transform an vacant area of land at the rear of a social housing estate into a thriving new community space in Rotherhithe, SE16. The project will feature a wellbeing garden, food growing, a carpentry workshop, arts and crafts and, skills development opportunities run by ourselves and friends of the project.
The site will have polytunnel frames and raised planter beds to support food growing workshops for local residents and are being designed and built by Store Projects to make them accessible for able-bodied and disabled users.
Also on the site is a shipping container which has been adapted into a wood workshop. We will deliver carpentry and DIY skills workshops for local residents. It will be a chance for people to increase their confidence and to provide access for other employment and training opportunities.
There are also plans to introduce a product range and these will be sold at community festivals and fetes with the proceeds reinvested in to the project.